TV Picks: HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher: Lots To Discuss Friday As New Season Begins.
Our favorite chat salon with a brain is back for its 13th season Friday, Jan. 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:00 p.m., exclusively on HBO.
How timely after Maher’s tongue lashing from PC actor Ben Affleck over the nature of modern “off the reservation” militarized Islam sweeping the world, as today news from France reveals Islamic terrorists have slaughtered 12 journalists.
Maher’s unique perspective on contemporary issues is neither democratic nor republican, strictly independent as he dissects each issue on a case by case basis. He’s an equal opportunity pisser-offer
Comedian Chris Hardwick is the top-of-show interview guest. Comedian Jay Leno is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are political commentator Paul Begala, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and author Salman Rushdie.
Monsters and Critics has hailed Maher as “a singular voice of pragmatic reason in a landscape of polarized pussies.”
In an unprecedented move, Maher visited Washington, D.C. for two live hour-long shows, presented back-to-back without a break, last September, hosting a new edition of REAL TIME, followed by the stand-up special “Bill Maher: Live from D.C.”
Maher headlined his first special on the network in 1989 and has starred in ten solo specials to date, including the hour-long presentations “Bill Maher…But I’m Not Wrong,” “The Decider” and “I’m Swiss” (both nominated for an Emmy® in the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special category), “Victory Begins at Home,” “Be More Cynical,” “The Golden Goose Special” and “Stuff That Struck Me Funny,” and two half-hour stand-up specials, plus the specials “30 Seconds Over Washington” and “Comic Relief VI™.” Maher is also an executive producer of the innovative news magazine show “VICE,” which concluded its second season on HBO in 2014 and returns this year.
Maher was the creator and host of “Politically Incorrect,” which was produced by HBO Downtown Productions and debuted on Comedy Central in 1993. The series moved to ABC in 1997 and ran through 2002. He also produced and starred in the 2008 feature film “Religulous,” the seventh most successful documentary of all time.
Other HBO playdates: Jan. 11 (1:30 p.m.), 12 (1:15 a.m.), 13 (5:00 p.m.) and 14 (11:05 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Jan. 9 (2:20 a.m.), 10 (10:40 a.m., 11:00 p.m.), 12 (8:00 p.m.) and 13 (9:30 p.m.)